MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – A pair of blowout victories for the Georgia College Baseball program (30-11, 16-8 PBC) clinches their seventh consecutive Peach Belt Conference (PBC) series win, defeating Georgia Southwestern State University (18-27, 10-14 PBC) 23-6 and 25-10 Saturday afternoon at John Kurtz Field.
Georgia College set the tone in the first inning of game one by shooting out to a 5-1 advantage and continually added crooked numbers throughout the contest to post a total of 23 runs on 23 hits.
Senior Brandon Benson (Loganville) had a pair of home runs throughout the doubleheader with the first one coming on the first pitch he saw in the first inning of game one, driving in two. Benson went 2-for-5 in the contest with a pair of runs scored and three RBIs.
The Bobcats added even more of a cushion in the bottom of the second when they posted a seven-spot to take a 12-4 after just two innings of play. Nate Schmal (Cumming) and Cal Gentry (Perry) each had a three-RBI double in the inning to extend the Georgia College lead.
After getting off to a slow start, junior righthander Charlie Hecht (Johns Creek) settled in and gave up just one run for the remainder of his outing. Hecht earned the win after hurling a total of 6 1/3 innings while allowing five earned on nine hits with a solid eight punchouts. Brooks Luther (Dallas) closed the door on the Hurricanes, tossing 2 2/3 while allowing only a pair of hits and no runs.
The story of the day was senior Phillip Stiles (Lumberton, New Jersey), who on senior day smacked a pair of home runs on a 3-for-4 performance. Stiles drove in five runs while also scoring three of his own.
Another notable performance in game one came from Wesley Wommack (Monroe) who was perfect at the plate in four trips while driving in two and scoring four times.
Game two of the doubleheader was more of the same from the Bobcat offense, scoring 25 runs on a whopping 32 hits to defeat the Hurricanes 25-10.
The Bobcat got out to an even hotter start in the second contest when they posted nine runs in the first frame. Gentry went deep fly for the first time in his career in the top half of the first, adding to the plethora of runs by the Georgia College offense in the frame.
Georgia College maintained their large cushion throughout the contest by continually putting up big numbers. They held a commanding 17-4 lead after just four innings of play, which was plenty of run production for the Bobcats to seal the victory and the series with a 25-10 win.
Georgia Southwestern pitchers could not find a way to get Gentry out at the plate in game two. The third-basemen went a perfect 6-for-6 at the dish with seven RBIs, four runs scored and also reaching on a walk. Gentry went a ridiculous 8-for-11 on the afternoon while recording a total of 10 RBIs and six runs scored.
Benson continued to display his power in game two when he scorched an absolute bomb over the scoreboard in left-center field to drive in three. Benson also had a big afternoon going a total of 6-for-11 with six RBIs and four runs scored.
Catcher Brandon Purcell (Glenville) is found his groove Saturday with his eighth home run of the season in game two to go along with an afternoon performance of 5-for-7 with six RBIs and seven runs scored.
Another notable performer in game two was second-basemen Garrett Green (Bogart). Green went 4-for-5 in the contest while driving in three runs and scoring twice.
The two wins bring the Bobcats to a 16-8 record in PBC play which sets them in a tie for third place with UNC Pembroke. Georgia College is guaranteed to make the postseason, but they will have to wait until the remainder of the conference finishes their regular season to see where they will place. The top eight seeds in the PBC will qualify for the tournament.
The series victory over the Hurricanes marks the final PBC series of the 2017 season for the Bobcats and will take on Auburn-Montgomery University next weekend in their bye week. Prior to then, Georgia College will host the Valdosta State University Blazers at John Kurtz Field for their final home game of the 2017 season Wednesday, April 26 at 4 p.m.
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